• On Feb 17, 2017
    Kim from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! We have Magic Bands from 2015. We're not staying on property this time but want to use these. How do I know if the battery still works? What if I load my tickets to the Magic Band & then get to the gate and find it doesn't work?

    Hi Kim!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I completely understand why you would want to reuse your MagicBands from a previous trip, they are so incredibly convenient!

    Disney estimates that the battery inside of a MagicBand is good for approximately 2 years. Since yours are from 2015 you are approaching that expiration, but I know plenty of folks that have used them beyond this with no issues! I would recommend you bring your MagicBands and load your tickets onto them using your My Disney Experience account. In addition to that I would pack your Admission Cards you receive for your tickets in your bag as well. When you add them to your account, just write on the back of the card with a Sharpie to make note of which ID number goes to each individual in your party. 

    Hopefully they will still work and you'll be able to use them for your stay! If for some reason one of them does not, at least you are well prepared with your Admission Cards as a backup, which you can then use to enter the parks and take advantage of any FastPass+ reservations you've already booked! If you so desire you can also purchase MagicBands from several retailers inside the parks, add them to your My Disney Experience and use those as well! It's entirely up to you.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions!

    -Lindsey ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Illinois

My name is Lindsey and I'm a wife, mommy, engineer and self-proclaimed "Disnerd!" I've always loved Disney and the joy it brings to so many people. I've been to Disney more times than I can count, but I found an even greater passion for all things Disney after discovering runDisney events. There is no better motivation to train for a race than a trip to the most magical place on earth! Learn More About Lindsey

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